A Queensland bar hit with a hefty fine for serving unvaccinated patrons in defiance of new state-wide restrictions has fired back at critics on social media.
Bar Wunder in Toowoomba in the state’s Darling Downs region has been slapped with a $6,892 fine after welcoming un-jabbed patrons into the venue.
A vaccine mandate introduced on December 18 bars the unvaccinated from entering hospitality and entertainment venues in Queensland.
Patrons above the age of 16 can be asked for proof of vaccination and are required to check-in to venues for contact-tracing purposes.
Bar Wunder took to Facebook on Sunday night to give their side of the story, posting a not-so-subtle photo of the penalty notice being used as toilet paper.
Bar Wunder in Toowoomba in the state’s Darling Downs region (pictured) has been slapped with a $6,892 fine after welcoming un-jabbed patrons into the venue
Bar Wunder took to Facebook on Sunday night to give their side of the story, posting a not-so-subtle photo of the penalty notice being used as toilet paper (pictured)
‘It’s no secret that we are completely opposed to segregation and will continue to be. Forever,’ the image was captioned.
‘So last night we were issued with a lovely fine of $6892 because we accept everyone equally. We knew exactly what we were up against and still stand by our decisions, with zero regrets.
‘We do not believe this a public health issue, but one of complete control headed towards tyranny. The nonsensical rules are hypocritical and arbitrary and we don’t want to play this game.’
The post went on to say many businesses had suffered because of the ‘weird arse’ rules and said the fine had done nothing to dampen their resolve.
It concluded by using a quote from African-American civil rights activist Rosa Parks: ‘You must never be fearful of what you are doing when it is right’.
Several commenters voiced their dismay at the comparison in the comments.
A new vaccine mandate introduced on December 18 has barred the unvaccinated from entering hospitality and entertainment venues in Queensland (pictured, a post on Facebook)
‘Trying to equate racial discrimination with the consequences of a personal choice is offensive,’ one man wrote.
‘Rosa Parks didn’t sit on the bus so middle class white people could whinge about not being able to eat at a restaurant because they’ve chosen not to act in the public good.’
Another said the bar would ‘endanger public health by bringing together a greater concentration of the unvaxxed’ adding they should ‘follow the f***ing rules’.
However supporters praised the stance with some even offering to pitch in for legal fees if the venue contested the fine in court.
‘You are true warriors. Thank you for all that you do,’ one user wrote.
‘Bloody brilliant. Keep standing strong and holding the line. We are with you,’ another commented.
Bar Wunder stated everyone was welcome in the venue ‘no matter your race, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual identity, disability of medical status’ (pictured)
A list detailing the venue’s Covid rules appeared to mock those enforced by the Queensland government has been titled ‘Bar Wunder keeping you safe’ (pictured)
The venue which describes itself as ‘unpretentious, comfortable and just like being at home in the 70’s’ has posted multiple anti-restriction posts to social media.
A list detailing the venue’s Covid rules appeared to mock those enforced by the Queensland government is titled ‘Bar Wunder keeping you safe’.
‘All cutlery and straw are now banned. All food must be eaten with your hands,’ one of the satirical rules read.
‘Only 3.5 people at a time can enter the bar. Eye contact with other patrons kept to 3.7sec max. Well-fitted clothes only. Nothing too tight or baggy.’
Another post on the page compared vaccine mandates with signs that discriminated against people because of their race or sexual orientation.
‘From December 17, the Queensland government has announced that clubs, pubs and hotels will have a choice to let only vax’d people into their venues or continue to let everyone in, with tighter restrictions.
Another post on the bar’s Facebook page compared vaccine mandates with signs that discriminated against people because of their race or sexual orientation (pictured)
The venue (pictured) which describes itself as ‘unpretentious, comfortable and just like being at home in the 70’s’ has posted multiple anti-restriction posts to social media
‘This is a lose-lose for already struggling small businesses.
‘Those of us who won’t be standing for this kind of segregation will have limitations placed on us in terms of how we operate.
‘We have never supported discrimination of any kind and we don’t intend to start.’
Queensland recorded 42 new Covid cases on Sunday, 34 of which were locally acquired. As of Friday, 84.2 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Bar Wunder for comment.